Bon-Chan, the Tortoise, is no ordinary reptile.
He’s a bonafide internet celebrity; his TikTok and Youtube videos of him walking around the streets of Tokyo, Japan, with his owner, 68-year-old funeral director, Mitani Hisao, have accumulatively garnered over seven million-plus views and counting.
According to the video’s description, Mitani found the giant African tortoise, which he named Bon-Chan, at a pet store about 20 years ago and fell in love with the animal.
Bon-Chan, he said, was so small that he could fit in the palm of his hand. But boy, things sure have changed. The tortoise now weighs about 154 lbs and stretches around three feet long.
Mitani said he has been walking Bon-Chan around the streets of their home city for close to two decades now, several times a week.
But for this 25-year-old reptile, a member of a species known to live over 100 years, it’s just the fantastic beginning of a beautiful and hopefully long friendship.